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curtilage

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noun cur·ti·lage \ˈkər-tə-lij\

Definition of curtilage

  1. :  a piece of ground (as a yard or courtyard) within the fence surrounding a house



Origin of curtilage

Middle English, from Anglo-French curtillage, from curtil garden, curtilage, from curt court


First Known Use: 14th century


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curtilage

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noun cur·ti·lage \ˈkərt-əl-ij\

Legal Definition of curtilage

  1. :  the area surrounding and associated with a home



Additional Notes on curtilage

The curtilage of a house is included in the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Origin of curtilage

Anglo-French curtillage enclosed land belonging to a house, kitchen garden, from Old French cortillage kitchen garden, from cortil garden, ultimately from Latin cohort-, cohors farmyard


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